How to Choose a Wedding Reading for Your Ceremony

A bride and groom in front of an ivy-covered wall.

Everything about your wedding requires quite a bit of thought and deliberation, and your ceremony is no exception to that rule! There are so many ways to make yours unique, and one is through a meaningful reading. While many ceremonies feature some of the more common, clichéd passages, you can set yours apart by choosing those that are off the beaten path, yet still romantic and symbolic of your love.

What Makes a Great Wedding Ceremony Reading?

Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you choose your wedding reading.

The Length

Choose a passage that’s not too lengthy. Something too long can lose the audience. Remember that even a short and sweet reading can make a big statement, so don’t go crazy trying to find something that’s more than a few lines.

The Message

Ultimately, the most important part of your reading is that it speaks to you as a couple and holds a special meaning for you on your wedding day. Find something that’s striking and compelling to you.

The Romance

Although this is not required, most wedding readings are usually romantic in nature. After all, the ceremony is all about celebrating love! It doesn’t have to be cheesy (unless that’s your style), but do try to find something related to your type of relationship.

Where to Find Unique Readings

Search these places for wedding ceremony readings that stand apart from the rest.


Poetry is a great place to source unique wedding readings. Check out a book of love poems from your local library or even do some research online. Here, you can go for something classic and old fashioned or something more modern. This method of finding the perfect wedding reading to suit you as a couple may take some time and patience, but it’s well worth the quest in the end.

Favorite Literature

A young couple in bed together reading a book.

If you love to read, turn to your favorite literary tales to find a beloved passage. This will provide something both unique and meaningful to you. If you’re struggling with where to start, turn to some of the classics of love like a Jane Austen novel, or a Nicholas Sparks book for something more modern.

Movies and TV Shows

If you and your fiancé share a favorite movie or television show, turn there to find the perfect unique ceremony reading. Movies like The Time Traveler’s Wife, When Harry Met Sally, Up, Love Actually, and even Twilight are full of romantic lines that would sound lovely intertwined into your ceremony. Plus, if it’s from a shared favorite, that makes the reading more personalized and special.


A young woman playing vinyl records.

Turn on some of your favorite tunes to see if any songs contain lyrics that would make for an artful and elegant ceremony reading. Start with modern classic artists like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and James Taylor, or Paul Simon. If you’re a Broadway fan, check out your favorite musicals to find inspiration.

Children’s Classics

Classic children’s books and tales are a wonderful place to source readings that many at your wedding will relate to. Some popular children’s books to start with are Winnie-the-Pooh, Guess How Much I Love You, and The Secret Garden. If you’re having a wedding that features themes like books or Disney, this is a great way to make that tie in, too.

There are many avenues to pursue when it comes to finding and selecting a unique wedding reading. Think outside the box and look in alternate places for something meaningful.

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